Actor James Avery was suffering from severe coronary heart disease, end-stage kidney disease and type-2 diabetes before his death on New Year's Eve (31Dec13), according to his death certificate.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star passed away in California from complications due to open heart surgery.

According to, he underwent the procedure in November (13), after suffering a heart attack.

His official cause of death is listed as cardiorespiratory arrest.